About

The International Presbyterian Church is a Reformed Church with congregations in Europe and Asia. We hold to real, authentic, historic Christianity as the only way for human beings to know the one true God through Jesus Christ, by witness of the Holy Spirit.

The IPC currently comprises three Presbyteries (UK English-Speaking, UK Korean-Speaking, South Korea) and the Europe Mission Presbytery, which is under the oversight of the UK English-Speaking Presbytery. Our Synod (the elders from all Presbyteries) meets once a year.

Our subordinate standards are the Westminster Standards (Westminster Confession of Faith, Westminster Larger Catechism, and Westminster Shorter Catechism) and the Three Forms of Unity (The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, and The Canons of Dort).

You can download or purchase copies of our Book of Church Order here. 

 

History

The International Presbyterian Church was founded in 1954 through the ministry of Francis Schaeffer in Switzerland. From its early days, the IPC was closely associated with L’Abri, Schaeffer’s better-known ministry among sceptical and doubting young people, which was founded in 1955. In time, two congregations were planted in England: in Ealing, London, in 1969, and in Liss, a small village in Hampshire, in 1972. Both were led by Ranald Macaulay (Schaeffer’s son-in-law) and continue to exist today.

In 1978, a Korean congregation in Kingston joined the denomination. Bob Heppe, an American missionary, started a new church among South Asians in Southall, London, in the 1990s, now known as New Life Masih Ghar. Growth during the rest of the twentieth century was gradual, mainly consisting of Korean church plants in parts of England.

However, since the 2000s there have been encouraging signs of resurgence in the denomination: a significant number of men have been ordained; church plants in Europe have been incorporated into the IPC; a number of Scottish congregations have joined the IPC in light of the Church of Scotland’s increasing rejection of biblical authority; and several more churches have been planted in England and on the continent. A more detailed history of the IPC can be found here.